Friday, November 10, 2017

Remembering joy

Late summer flowers
watercolour and marker on 
watercolour paper
5.5 x 8.5 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
In the midst of great sorrow each opportunity for joy
and hope seems like a miracle.  My family is grieving
the death of my lovely niece last month.  Losing her
has overshadowed so many parts of normal daily life.

But through it all -- each moment of delight, each sweet
memory of a moment with her, each bit of pleasure
offers up the validation that life goes on, and also that
it's important that those of us left behind continue to
live the life she won't get to enjoy.

Last night I had a wonderful conversation with the
artist, Georgia Fullerton -- an amazing woman, and
we talked about purpose and mission.  I know that my
mission on the planet is to create joy and happiness
with my art, and to try and share those feelings
with the people I encounter in my artistic, and teaching life.

This watercolour, my first step back to painting,
is of the last flowers in the garden -- frost hit the
other night, and that is the end of that part of the year.
The garden was a delight this year.

Wishing you a day filled with beauty and happiness


Verna Vogel said...

Barbara, I'm glad that you are able to appreciate good things even while feeling sorrow. Thank you for sharing your painting of the last flowers. A big hug & a smile from me to you xoxoxo

Barbara Muir said...

Thank you so much Verna. It is a shock when I head out to the garden
and the cold has triumphed. Thank goodness I felt it coming.
I'm glad you like it. Love your work.


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